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Wood&Steel

Our in-house magazine brings you all the latest from Taylor

Volume 96 / Winter 2020

On the Cover  

The Builder’s Edition Collection

It started with Andy Powers’ quest to make our guitars feel and sound better. Two years and nine guitars later, Andy’s Builder’s Edition concept has blossomed into a stunning guitar collection that combines our V-Class bracing with premium contouring features. Meet our four newest models.

Builder’s Edition 816ce

Our first V-Class Grand Symphony incorporates an innovative soundport cutaway to create an immersive acoustic experience unlike anything you’ve ever heard.   Builder’s Edition 912ce This rosewood Grand Concert was designed with electric players in mind. The response is fast in feel and sound — clear, clean and powerful.  

Builder’s Edition 652ce

With its reverse-strung setup and our V-Class voicing, you’ve never played an acoustic 12-string with tone as meaty and clean as this maple/spruce beauty.  

Builder’s Edition 324ce

Ever wonder what happens to city trees when they need to be removed? So did we. We’re thrilled to introduce a new guitar — and a new initiative — featuring salvaged ash.  

The 2020 Guitar Guide  

Taylor Body Shapes

Which acoustic body shape is right for you? Here’s a guide to our five body styles and the feel and sound that set each apart.  

Tonewoods

Rosewood, mahogany, spruce, koa and more — each wood we use has unique tonal properties that flavor a guitar’s sound.  

The Taylor Line at a Glance

An overview of the tonewood pairings within each guitar series we offer, plus a guide to our model numbers.  

The Taylor Line by Series

A closer look at the woods, aesthetic details, and models that distinguish each series in our guitar line.

Columns

Kurt’s Corner

A decade of global travel has given Kurt a seasoned perspective on the universal appeal of guitars — as filtered through different markets and cultures.

BobSpeak

Bob reflects on Andy’s latest Builder’s Edition innovations, our new urban wood initiative, and our most recent planting efforts with ebony and koa.

Departments

Ask Bob

Jumbo frets, maple necks, customer focus, strap pin location, and more.

Sustainability

Scott Paul explains the value of urban trees and how our collaboration with a California-based arborist can support the regreening of city and suburban areas.

TaylorWare

A sampling of the latest Taylor accessories, including guitar straps, guitar stands, guitar care products, picks and apparel

What is Wood&Steel?

Wood&Steel began as a desire of Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug to create an informative communication channel between the company and the people who buy our guitars. Since its summer 1994 debut, our quarterly “owners newsletter” has evolved from its grassroots beginnings into a robust publication that covers all things Taylor, taking readers inside the Taylor factory for the inside scoop on our latest guitar developments and out into the world to connect with Taylor players, dealers and others who make up the vibrant, extended Taylor community. From stories about sourcing wood to guitar care tips to Q&A’s with Bob, we strive to share our passion for making and playing great guitars and to chronicle yours.

How to Get Wood&Steel

Wood&Steel is direct-mailed (free of charge) only to Taylor owners in the U.S. and Canada (if you are a Taylor owner in either country and are not receiving Wood&Steel, see our Owner Registration page). Free copies also are available at authorized Taylor dealers around the world, and each issue is viewable online. There is no paid subscription service.